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STEELSERIES Rival 700 Mouse and Apex M500 Keyboard Review

Introduction I have no way to describe just how many mouse and keyboard options there are in the world today. I’m not talking about all of them either. I’m just talking about “gaming” mice and keyboards. The options have gone through the roof and all you have to do is try a quick Amazon search and you’ll have enough mice to send the black death sweeping through Europe again! Needless to say, the eSports phenomenon has had a huge part in bringing many a design from many a company. Today, we’re going to look at a new company for PureOC by reviewing a mouse and keyboard from SteelSeries. Do they have what it takes to stand out? We’ll dive into that further, but I can say that their social media presence and website appearance are already off to a good start. Let’s look at a quick word from their site so we can get a feel for what motivates their product designs. WE ARE GAMING SteelSeries has fueled the gaming industry by creating innovative new products, designed specifically for eSports and passionate gamers everywhere. RELENTLESS INNOVATION Here at SteelSeries, we are obsessed with “firsts”. Dating back to 2001, our company was formed to meet the surface needs of hardcore gamers by introducing the first glass mousepad, the Icemat. Since that original innovation, we created the first mechanical gaming keyboard, the first suspended headband for gaming headsets, the first World of Warcraft mouse and endless other innovation...



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HSPC XL-ATX Top Deck Tech Station Review

Introduction If you swap out computer parts as much as I do, you learn to appreciate a tech station. The convenience of an open air test bench is brilliant. Highspeed PC is the true original of PC workbenches and for over a decade, they have been giving hardcore geeks easy access to their hardware. I will be building a XL-ATX Top Deck Station and showing how beneficial an open air test bench can be. The XL series is the best all-around PC test bench Highspeed PC offers and is highly customizable. Lets take a closer look at these claims, and see how an open air test bench can benefit you. The XL tech station features: The Top Deck brings the motherboard to the top level for easy access. 10 Add-in card expansion slots! Perfect for your 4-Way SLI/Crossfire motherboard. Neoprene on the lower deck makes for a great removable static-free work mat and non-slip storage for your optical drives, PSU, etc. Convenient, easy access storage of hard drives in a slide-in rail system under the upper deck. Choose between 3.5″ or 2.5″ HDD during assembly. Swap anytime! Or add a second set of Drive Rails in the options above. Each set holds either two 3.5″ or three 2.5″ drives. 120mm cooling fan pushes air over both motherboard and hard drives, while two more are dedicated to video card cooling. Add-in card support brace keeps cards firmly planted. 10 Nylon thumbscrews included. Rubberized feet, and solid heavy duty bench materials keep the bench right where you want...



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SAPPHIRE Nitro R7 370 Review

Introduction It’s been a long wait for the day that I would get to review my first graphics card. Well, the wait is over and we’ll be looking at the SAPPHIRE Nitro R7 370 . With the RX 480’s release, as well as the 470 and 460 looming on the horizon, the 370 isn’t going to be relevant much longer. Still, the card can be a great budget option for many games and the best part is getting to see how well SAPPHIRE does with their version of it. SAPPHIRE is a company I’ve always enjoyed following. My first card from them was a Radeon X1950 Pro, many years ago. Over time, the card has upgraded to a Vapor-X variant of the R9 290, but my experience with them has been really good throughout. SAPPHIRE recently started using the Nitro branding on many of their cards and it looks like the trend is going to continue with one of the RX 480 releases. By now, it’s pretty easy to see how well the R7 370 performs through some quick Google searches, but this a great opportunity to see how well SAPPHIRE does with their thermal and acoustic performance. We’ll dive right in, but first let’s see SAPPHIRE’s approach to introducing technology to us. SAPPHIRE Technology has long been established as a leading manufacturer and world-wide supplier of graphics products for the PC sector. Its AMD Radeon™ based products are just as well known in the mainstream PC markets as they are to the gaming and performance graphics enthusiast. Now SAPPHIRE has ...



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AMD Athlon X4 845 Review

Introduction Everyone may be waiting for Zen, but that doesn’t mean AMD doesn’t have a few more releases up their sleeves before the end of the year. The Athlon X4 845 is the latest budget minded chip to help pass the time until their new architecture arrives. What’s nice about the 845 is the fact that it uses the latest Excavator cores instead of the Steamroller ones. AMD designed the Carrizo architecture to put an emphasis on power efficiency, but ever since the backlash from Zambezi, single-thread performance is one of the first things people look for with new releases. We’ll certainly check that out but there’s something else that really needs to be pointed out in AMD’s new design choices. The stock cooler is the bane of CPU existence. They’re SOOO bad! With all that noise, inefficient cooling, as well as cheap designs, many feel like their hard earned dollars are slightly wasted with such skimpy designs. AMD is trying to change that by redesigning all of their stock coolers. Pure Overclock already got to check out the Wraith cooler and it was a hit. Now, we’ll get to also see how AMD’s lowest budget cooler performs as well. If Zen manages to complete the direction AMD is on, there is no doubt they will start changing the market in good ways. We’ll see how the Athlon X4 845 measures up, but before we do that, let’s take a quick word from team Red themselves. At AMD, we live our core values through our ac...



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CABLEMOD Giveaway Winners Announcement

After a long couple of weeks of anticipation, we finally have our winners selected from the CABLEMOD giveaway! Pure Overclock wants to send a huge thank you to everyone who participated. The contest was fun and we want to thank CABLEMOD for providing the strips for the winners. Keep checking PureOC for upcoming news and reviews. check out the video below for the winners and we hope to have another giveaway down the road! https://cablemod.com/



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Dream Machines DM1 Pro Gaming Mouse

I have to tell you the comfort, dexterity, precision, and balance it provided while working or gaming put it right up there with others at the very top of my list I simply love this mouse and it is now my go to for everything especially gaming.



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The Hardware Hound: CABLEMOD Giveaway

Some of you have been asking where the PureOC giveaways have been. Well, we’re working on bringing them back with the Hardware Hound taking the task upon himself. We know, this isn’t one of our biggest ones, but we’re hoping this helps us get started on bigger and better events down the road. We want to give a huge thanks to CABLEMOD for making this possible for us! What’s being given away you ask? Well check out the video below for the full details on the prizes. After that, follow the entry form instructions to rack up entries from June 13th through June 24th. After that, we’ll contact the winners, make sure the prizes are claimed, and announce who won. We hope you enjoy this giveaway and good luck in securing a prize! PureOC and CableMod https://cablemod.com/



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ROSEWILL Shows Cullinan Case and Tokamak PSUs at Computex

I will always have a special place in my heart for budget friendly hardware. No matter how long I’ve been at this, I always seem to be the most excited for the component that hits the price/performance sweet spot. In that regard, ROSEWILL has impressed me on numerous occasions with such releases that maintain a very good quality as well. While scanning Twitter, I saw a glimpse of a case that I thought was a new design and after a quick email, my suspicions were confirmed. The Cullinan is a new mid-tower design that features a slick tempered glass finish on the side and front panels. In one shot, the LED lighting looks like something out of Star Trek. The case has an extremely elegant look to it while also being able to support an impressive amount of liquid cooling components. I can’t wait for more details on that, as well as some new Titanium rated PSUs (Tokamak) and a new RGB mechanical keyboard. Below is the full press release so you can catch up on a few more details. Rosewill to debut new gaming, PC components and home product series at Computex 2016 Press release [Wednesday 1 June 2016] Rosewill, a leading manufacturer of PC gaming gear, PC components and consumer electronics, has selected Computex 2016 to unveil the latest additions to the company’s expanding product lines, and will also introduce the company’s new gaming series logo, Rosewill Gaming. Rosewill’s products will be on display at the annual event held from May 31 – Ju...



GIGABYTE Announces New Motherboards and Brix at Computex

GIGABYTE Showcases New Motherboards and BRIX at Computex 2016 New Designare and Ultra Gaming Motherboards sets the standard for the Industry City of Industry, California, May 30th, 2016 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., A leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards is proud to present its new lineup of Ultra Gaming and Designare motherboards for the world to see. In light of the new Intel® 10-Core CPU, GIGABYTE has created three new X99 motherboards for users to experience the full power of this platform and not be limited by dated technologies. Those who are lucky enough to attend Computex 2016 will have the privilege to have an up close look at GIGABYTE’s Ultra Gaming Motherboards. These motherboards were designed to redefine the gaming experience, incorporating technologies that gamers from around the world have desired to see on a desktop system. Also among the Ultra Gaming Motherboards, GIGABYTE is also displaying a solution set built for Content Creators, Designers, and Artists, namely the Designare Motherboards. To witness what GIGABYTE has to offer this year, at the largest Asian ICT tradeshow, attendees can visit the Taipei World Trade Center, booth D0002 from May 31st until June 4th. Intel Releases the Latest in Multi-Core Computing Technology During Computex 2016 Intel® is debuting its latest and greatest Extreme Edition Processor. This processor is a 10-Core Desktop CPU which features improved compatibility and features such as Turbo Boost Max 3...



ECS Launches a Motherboard for a “More Civilized Age”

Computex is in full swing and there’s more hardware announcements than a news site can shake a stick at. Still, we cover what we can and what particularly caught my eye was the new Lightsaber board from ECS. While they aren’t known for gaming motherboards, this looks like a solid release from the company. The no frills layout will likely have less features than competing boards but it also has a good chance of being very cost effective. What’s important is what appears to be a solid VRM design with a good heatsink covering them. Add some RGB illumination and this is certainly a board an overclocker can be interested in, if the price is right. Check out the press release below for more info and a look at the new Liva mini PCs. ECS launches brand new LEET GAMING motherboard & LIVA mini PC @Computex 2016 Illumination LED and Killer Gaming network – Z170-LIGHTSABER, LIVA Pro with MINI STX solution [Taipei – Taiwan] Elitegroup Computer System (ECS) proudly introduces its brand new LEET GAMING motherboard Z170-LIGHTSABER and LIVA Pro mini-PC in 2016 Computex. Z170-LIGHTSABER adopts the Killer E2400 Gaming high-performance Gigabit Ethernet Controller that prioritizes bandwidth automatically to decrease gaming latency. It implements an independent power solution and Nichicon audio capacitors to provide better audio quality. In addition, it features Illumination LED with 7 colors to go well with your gaming components and chassis! ECS launches new LIVA mi...



NZXT Releases CAM 3.1 with GPU Overclocking

GPU Overclocking Comes to CAM NZXT’s CAM tunes-up with GPU Overclocking, an all new mobile experience, and the CAM Powered initiative Los Angeles, CA – NZXT’s CAM PC monitoring software announces the latest in its advanced PC monitoring software, with version 3.1 on desktop and an all-new mobile app experience for the iOS and AndroidTM. In addition, NZXT announces the launch of CAM Powered, a new initiative that brings CAM integration to third-party partners, beginning with CRYORIG at COMPUTEX 2016. With CAM 3.1, GPU overclocking control is now available, allowing users the capability to optimize their gaming experiences with the simplicity CAM is known for. Through the new Tuning tab, users can calibrate GPU power limits, adjust the clock speeds for both the core and memory on the GPU, as well as customize the GPU fan speeds with fan profiles. “Allowing users the ability to get the most of their PC gaming experience with overclocking is just another step CAM is taking to make optimizing the PC experience as painless as possible,” says Johnny Hou, NZXT’s founder and CEO. “As we continue to deliver new features with CAM 3.1 and the new mobile experience, our CAM Powered initiative, beginning with CRYORIG, will add even more functionality and choice to PC users, which is something we are quite passionate about.” New features throughout the CAM 3.1 update include: GPU Overclocking through new Tuning Tab A redesigned positional overlay along with enhanced m...



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The Hardware Hound: Welcome to “Hound” Advice

Reviews are great! Watching or reading about someone’s hard work to help you make a decision is a good way to ensure overall satisfaction in what can be pretty major investments for PC builders. We all wish we had all the time and money in the world to test everything, but many reviewers only have a limited window to squeeze things in between work and families. What happens when an experienced hardware user has some sound advice, but doesn’t have the time, samples, or official testing equipment to do a review? Welcome to Hound Advice. The Hardware Hound has taken it upon himself to begin sharing his experience with computer hardware in a straight forward and practical way. This isn’t just his experience either. He’s using the internet and the Pure OC community to try and help you answer questions that, quite frankly, can occasionally be very difficult to answer through google. In his first episode, The Hardware Hound tackles what looks like the best wireless routers for PC builders. If you’re having a hard time knowing what to look for, but already have a general idea, then Hound Advice might help you make a final decision. Check out the video, let us know what you want to know, and we hope you find our newest series to be helpful!



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FNATIC Rush, Flick & Focus Review

Introduction It seems everything in the world is advertised as “Gamer” in order to attract customers. Seriously! I just read about a gamer toothbrush!!! ESports are on the rise but how much gaming hardware do we really need? Wait! You said it was designed by an actual eSports team!?! Shut up and take my money!!! Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s sift through the jargon and see exactly what FNATIC is doing with their new set of gaming peripherals. FNATIC is an eSports, League of Legends team that has also dived into a gaming keyboard, mouse and pad. The claim is that because these devices were designed by professional gamers, they will give you an edge in any competitive online play you might engage in. We’ll try to assess these claims soon, but before we do, here’s some more info on FNATIC, the company behind the Rush keyboard, Flick Mouse and Boost Pad.



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CABLEMOD LED Strips Review

Introduction It’s time that we settle the debate once and for all. LED’s make your computer go faster. Don’t argue it. Don’t even question it. It’s just fact! The real mystery is which LED strip will make your computer the fastest. As easy as it is to convince the inexperienced of these sort of “truths,” the reality is PC builders want an LED strip that looks great while having the kind of quality that will help it last a long time. This is exactly what CABLEMOD is setting out to do with their LED Strips. With a wide variety of colors to choices between stick on or magnetic, CABLEMOD is bound to have something that will appeal to the lighting needs of your computer case. We’re going to take a look at what they have, but first, here’s a quick look at what CABLEMOD is trying to do. Cables Perfected. Made from premium materials and crafted with the utmost care, CableMod cables are engineered for more than just function; they are built to delight and inspire. By utilizing choice components, these cables are constructed without the use of unsightly heatshrink. Tweaked with input from the modding community and offered in a large selection of colors, CableMod cables can turn even the most ordinary systems into works of art. Not much about LEDs there it seems. That’s okay because I found some more quotes explaining there choice to use WideBeam, as well as other details. LED Strips Perfected. CableMod brings the same care...



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AMD FX-9590 Overclocked Review

Introduction Back in 2013, AMD released a chip that had many scratching their heads. Between the abnormally high TDP and ridiculous price tag, everyone thought the company had lost their minds. In hind sight, it’s easy to see that AMD hadn’t found their new direction yet, and they were ensuring that a chip of this magnitude could be successfully handled in a consumer market. The good news about the 9590 is, in spite of being considered a failed launch, it still worked out to be a decent chip and it certainly opened the door for future releases with high TDPs. Energy efficiency kind of gets thrown out the window with overclocking, and an ultra-enthusiast version of Zen is something I would certainly look forward to today. Having followed this release for years now, the biggest thing that bugged me was only getting to see the limitations of the chip tested on 240mm AIOs. The question on my mind was, “Could someone get reasonably past the 5.0 GHz barrier if they had some uber cooling?” AMD was kind enough to send a sample my way and let me have a go at it. To be clear here, this isn’t just trying to reach 5.o GHz and run a couple of tests. The real test of the 5.0 barrier is if a user could run that as a 24/7 clock speed, and be able to do so with a fairly easily involving just a multiplier changes. With that in mind, let’s begin looking into how the experience went, the results of the tests, and just how worth it a 9590 would be for the ...






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